Discover Two of the Best Essential Oils for Skin: Frankincense and Bergamot - Botanical Republic

Discover Two of the Best Essential Oils for Skin: Frankincense and Bergamot

Perfect skin days are ahead with bergamot and frankincense essential oils. These are two of the best essential oils for skin. Find out why beauty lovers are raving about them.

What is bergamot?

This luxurious oil comes from the peel of the bergamot fruit. Widely grown in Lombardy, Italy, this exotic fruit is actually a type of orange, just with a more lemon-y yellow rind. Sounds delicious, right? But it is what’s on the inside that counts. Packed with flavonoids that soothe and calm skin, bergamot essential oil is perfect for nourishing a tired complexion. Not to mention, the lively citrus scent is divine. It’s hard not to fall in love with the intoxicating aroma the moment you smell it.

History of bergamot

Bergamot essential oil has been a big part of Italian folk medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. It is said to help with digestion, headaches and skin health. With so many uses, its a wonder more people don’t know about its medicinal power. The reason probably has to do with how great it smells. Because of this, it is more well known as a perfume ingredient. Bergamot essential oil has a long history in the fragrance and aromatherapy industry. More complex than orange, its the sweet and spicy floral aroma that makes it so special.

Bergamot skin benefits

It’s no surprise that bergamot is great for skin, too. Bergamot for face care is growing in popularity. The oil contains limonene, a potent antioxidant. Linalyl acetate, linalool and pinene have disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties that are key for skin health. Bergamot for acne can be great for people with finicky skin. Yet the skin benefits of bergamot oil don’t end there. Nerol, myrcene and geraniol are ideal for soothing and protecting all complexions.

How to add bergamot to your skincare routine

Luckily, you don’t have to fly to Italy to get your hands on bergamot. Botanical Republic infuses many of their products with this superstar ingredient. Bergamot makes a lovely addition to facial cleansers, thanks to delectable notes of citrus. The uplifting, dreamy scent of bergamot is perfect for winding down after a stressful day. (In fact, it’s added to Earl Grey tea for this exact reason!)

Cleansing with bergamot is a surefire way to upgrade an ordinary beauty routine. There is just something about how the warm water awakens its subtle floral notes that makes cleansing with bergamot feel like pure luxury. It’s like having your very own spa at home.

Botanical Republic gives you two cleansers with bergamot to choose from. Revive Gentle Emollient Cleanser kisses your skin with just the right hint of bergamot for beautiful skin. If you want all the benefits of bergamot while washing away every last trace of makeup, Nourish Hydrating Cleanser is made for you. There is nothing better for giving your face a deep clean at the end of the day.

What is frankincense?

Hailing from Africa and the Middle East, the frankincense tree is a true wonder of nature. The oil comes from the distilled and dried resin from inside the tree bark. The name frankincense literally means “high-quality incense” in French. That’s quite an honor coming from the world’s best perfume makers. Woody, earthy and spicy with subtle floral notes, the scent of this essential oil is unlike anything else on the planet. The closest thing might be licorice, but frankincense has more depth.

History of frankincense

Frankincense does far more than simply smell good. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Burning frankincense was traditionally used for clearing the lungs. It was also a key part of sacred and religious rituals. Energetically, it is believed to cleanse and purify the body and home.

Frankincense skin benefits

Skin loves the anti-inflammatory benefits of frankincense. Like bergamot, it has pinene and limonene to calm irritated skin and reduce skin redness. This is especially useful in dry winter months, when skin’s natural moisture barrier is compromised. Harsh cleansing also disrupts this protective layer of the skin, leaving it flaky, red and tight. Frankincense is great for bringing out your inner glow while calming skin.

Sun exposure and air pollutants can also take a major toll on your complexion. Your skin cells are constantly fighting off the resulting free radicals. Frankincense is loaded with antioxidants, which are vital for skin protection. City dwellers exposed to toxins and people who live in sunny climates can use it to give their skincare game a boost. Frankincense for skin is always a good idea.

How to add frankincense to your skincare routine

Delicate skin is more prone to the damaging effects of the sun and air toxins. The area around your eyes is one such example. Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes can give away your age in an instant. Luckily, frankincense is gentle enough for this sensitive area. We recommend Renew Intensive Eye Cream for youthful, brighter skin around your eyes.

For the rest of your face, Replenish Antioxidant Moisturizer will treat your skin to a healthy dose of frankincense. Your skin will look hydrated, calm and protected right away. Plus, it leaves your skin touchably soft and velvety smooth. What could be better than that? The skin benefits of frankincense are perfect for all skin types.

Get the best of both worlds

Bergamot and frankincense are two of the best essential oils for skin. For beauty lovers who want a double dose of benefits, Botanical Republic is one step ahead. Their Regenerate Reviving Serum serves up powerful antioxidant protection with a burst of deep hydration for beautiful skin using both ingredients. After you try these luxe essential oils, you’ll never look back.

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